One would think after the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson and all the national attention it got, cops in Missouri would try to stay out of the news as much as humanly possible. But, given all the civil unrest and rioting that followed the Michael Brown verdict in November, and the fact that a Missouri officer recently had career-ending injuries, they seem to be as trigger happy as ever.
Yet another potential wrongful police shooting occurred yesterday after an unarmed 31-year-old man, with prior convictions and outstanding warrants, was shot and killed by police.
Here’s what is known so far regarding a police shooting that recently took place in Springfield, Missouri via KOMU TV-8
SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Springfield officials say a 31-year-old man who was shot and killed by a police officer during a foot chase.
Police said in a news release that Michael Ireland died after he was shot in the chest Tuesday evening while being pursued by officer Andrew Bath in north Springfield. The pursuit began after officers responded to a report of suspicious activity.
Police say at some point in the case, the officer shot Ireland once in the chest. He died at the scene.
On Wednesday, police said it was believed Ireland was not armed and no weapon was found at the scene. Ireland was a persistent offender and convicted felon and was wanted on municipal warrants. He was on probation and parole.
As standard procedure, Bath has been placed on administrative leave.
It seems like “administrative leave” is the new paid vacation in police speak.
Not to point any fingers here since it’s still very early, but Missouri police have proven that they have about as much credibility these days as Brian Williams. For example, Jeff Roorda, the former St. Louis, Missouri police officer who demanded that the NFL discipline the five St. Louis Rams players doing a “hand up, don’t shoot” before a football game, has a history of lying in police reports. Moreover, it seems he also sponsored legislation that would shield the names of police officers from public scrutiny unless charged with a crime.
If any of the countless police shooting tragedies have taught us anything, it’s that police investigating police is as scrupulous as kids grading their own papers.